Interstate Adoptions

Interstate Adoptions

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Building Arizona Families is proud to offer Interstate Adoptions for children in the Foster Care System.

iStock_000012691609XSmallOur Interstate Program is an exciting program where foster children in the United States, which have been found legally eligible for adoption and are available to be placed directly with adoptive families. The majority of these children are 6 years of age or older, but there are some cases of younger children available, particularly those in sibling groups and higher level of care needs. Building Arizona Families does direct adoption placements. This means that the adoptive family is not foster care certified but licensed to adopt through a home study, making these direct adoptions. The foster children come to live in your home and, after approximately 6 months, your family legally adopts the children.

Below you will find some general information about what the Interstate Adoption process entails. The basic steps of the adoption process are as follows:

  • Choose the type of adoption
  • Select an agency or facilitator
  • Complete a home study
  • Wait for a placement
  • Finalize the adoption

Adoptive Parent(s) Requirements

Families must complete an adoption home study and be certified to adopt. We require our families to complete educational adoption/parenting classes to further ensure a smooth transition.

Building Arizona Families is a licensed private non-profit adoption agency.

Building Arizona Families reserves the right to determine that it may not provide services.

Children Available

These children are ages 2-18 with the highest need for those 6 years and older, of all races, singles and sibling groups. There are healthy children and children with mild to severe special needs available.

Adoption Fee Schedule

An Interstate Adoption is the most cost effective program available.

  • The cost for home study will be $1,100 with Building Arizona Families.
  • An Interstate Adoption program fee of $3,500 is due prior to beginning the Interstate Adoption Selection Process.
  • You will have the expense of traveling to see your child/children and possibly travel expenses to bring your child/children home.
  • There are some states which will reimburse a family for some of the costs of the home study and travel, but it is considered the adoptive parents’ responsibility.

Time Frame

After the home study is complete, a social worker works with you to help you select a child or children that you are interested in. After you have selected the child/children you are interested in, then your home study is submitted to that child’s/children’s caseworker. The caseworker and other significant people in the children’s lives collect a selected number of home studies and choose the family they feel is best suited to meet the needs of the available child/children. Length of the selection process and number of pre-placement transition visits will vary per the children’s home location.

US Adoption Links

Missouri Heart Gallery

National Sites:
Adopt US Kids
Children Awaiting Parents
Alabama Department of Human Resources
Heart Gallery – Alabama
Alaska Adoption, Guardianship & Foster Care
Northwest Adoption Exchange Alaska’s Waiting Children
Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services Adoption Resource Exchange
California Kids Connection
Heart Gallery- Los Angeles
Bay Area Heart Gallery
Heart Gallery Orange County
Sacramento Heart Gallery
Shasta County Adoption Services
Colorado’s County Departments of Human Services – Adoption
Colorado Adoption Exchange
Heart Gallery Connecticut
Delaware Heart Gallery
Florida’s Adoption Program
Heart Gallery – Tampa Bay
Heart Gallery – Broward
Heart Gallery – Sarasota
Heart Gallery – Jacksonville
Heart Gallery – Metro Orlando
Heart Gallery Kids Gallery – Pinellas & Pasco
My Turn Now
Heart Gallery – Georgia
Northwest Adoption Exchange Idaho
Idaho Wednesdays Child
Heart Gallery Idaho
Heart Gallery – Illinois
Indiana’s Adoption Program
Iowa KidsNet
Adopt Kansas Kids
Louisiana Department of Social Services
Maine’s Waiting Children
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Heart Gallery – Children of Massachusetts
The Michigan Heart Gallery
Minnesota Adoption Resources – Waiting Children
Ramsey County Human Services – Waiting Children
The Adoption Exchange
Jackson County Children’s Division
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska’s Heart Gallery
The Adoption Exchange
Washoe County
New Jersey
Heart Gallery of New Jersey
New Mexico
Heart Gallery of New Mexico
The Adoption Exchange
New York
Office of Children and Family Services
New York’s Wednesday’s Child
Heart Gallery of Western New York
Heart Gallery NYC
North Carolina
North Carolina Kids
North Dakota
North Dakota Dept. of Human Services
Adoption Network Cleveland
Athens County
Franklin County
Marion County
Montgomery County
Sandusky County
Summit County
Hamilton County
The Adoption Exchange
Northwest Adoption Exchange
Lane County Heart Gallery
Heart Gallery Philadelphia
Rhode Island
Adoption Rhode Island
South Carolina
Heart Gallery South Carolina
South Dakota
The Adoption Exchange
State of Tennessee
Texas Adoption Resource Exchange
Gladney Center for Adoption
Spaulding for Children
Heart Gallery of Central Texas
Utah’s Adoption Connection
The Adoption Exchange
Vermont Dept. for Children and Families
Virginia Dept. of Social Services
Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services
Northwest Adoption Exchange
Washington D.C.
National Adoption Center
West Virginia
West Virginia Adoptions
Heart Gallery of Wisconsin
The Adoption Exchange